TOUR20025 - Climate Change and Managing Tourism Risk

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In the short term, tourism destinations face numerous types of risks including naturally occurring risks such as those associated with weather and geological forces as well as economic and political disruptions. Climate change has been identified as posing a long term risk to the economic and environmental sustainability of many tourism destinations. Coastal destinations and regions which rely on the beauty of their natural environment to attract tourists are particularly threatened. Unless managed effectively, risks of all type can reduce long term economic and environmental sustainability. This unit introduces students to a range of issues associated with risk management with a specific emphasis on climate change. Students will develop a better understanding of key aspects of risk and how businesses and destinations are able to identify and plan to manage risk. Student learning will include classroom and fieldwork experiences. By the conclusion of the unit students will have a sound theoretical understanding of the key aspects of risk identification and management.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level Not Applicable
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.
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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

Term 2 - 2019 Profile

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

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This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 100% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Student
The student was asked about the relevance of the course to industry needs. The unit is very relevant to the needs of the tourism industry.
The unit be updated annually as new research reveals the extent of the problems being caused by climate change
Action Taken
Updated news articles and academic readings were added to the content for 2018.
Unit learning Outcomes
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